The conferences were wonderful :)
At Buckit Week we dug deep into fundamental Christian principles to see their shape and form, handling them with a critical eye so as to understand them very clearly. We also explored the source of our joy/work as God's children. At the UBF conference, we sought to understand the depth of God's amazing love through messages, meditations, studies, and worship. Now, may we wash one another's feet!
When I got back to my desk this evening, I found a note left to post about, so let me do that before I go home tomorrow and leave it behind.
In a post in October last year I mentioned that I was thinking about:
'Freedom "from this counterfeit life" [as] Pavel Anitpov puts it.'
This came to mind when we studied 1 John chapter 2, because the term "counterfeit" came up again. 1 John 2:27 says that the anointing of the Holy Spirit on believers is not counterfeit, but real. It may not be a visible change, but Spiritually, they are sealed with God's Promise. They no longer belong to the world, but to God. And the life that He gives is real, a spring welling up to eternal life (John 4:14).
'For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: "Seek Me and live"'
I plan to type up notes from the conferences while I am home, but it will take some time. I filled one and a half composition notebooks, draining one and a half bic pens. In the meantime, I will leave it at that and finish packing for tomorrow's trip.